Pistachio Shortbread Dessert

This next recipe is one my mom tried out. It’s one we’ve made different variations of since I was little. The reason we keep making it is because it’s easy and so delicious!

My hubby is a HUGE pistachio fan, and he loves Shortbread Cookies so he’s already asked if I could make this asap. We’re actually in Arizona right now and my mom is planning on making it again this week while we’re here just because she knows how much Lorin would love it. (Thanks, Mom!!)

If you love pistachio, pudding, shortbread cookies, and M&Ms too – then you’ll also love this dessert!

Delicious Pistachio Shortbread Cake - YUM!! #cake

Looks fab, right?

Here’s the recipe for this Pistachio Shortbread Dessert:

Pistachio shortbread


  • 1 13 oz pkg shortbread cookies
  • 3 TB butter, melted
  • 2 boxes (3.4 oz) instant pistachio pudding
  • 2 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 8 oz pkg cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 small cartons cool whip, divided
  • M&M's


  1. Smash shortbread cookies in a ziploc bag, till fine. Put crumbs in melted butter and press into a 9x13 pan. Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes in the oven until golden. Let cool.
  2. Smooth together cream cheese, sugar and 2 cups of your cool whip. Pour an even layer over crushed cookie crust.
  3. Mix the milk and pudding mix together till it thick. Pour over the cream cheese layer.
  4. Spread your remaining cool whip over the top and refrigerate.
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Adapted from HERE

Pistachio Shortbread Cake

Pistachio Shortbread Dessert - haven't met someone who doesn't like it. { lilluna.com }

My mom used the mini Baking M&Ms for for the top but you can use sprinkles, crumbs or anything else you like. :)

My mom was actually telling me that they liked this so much that they’ve made it twice in the last week and a half. With us here, it looks like it will be 3 times in the last two weeks. I think that means it’s pretty delicious!! ;)

For more fun Christmas desserts be sure to check out:

Delicious AND Easy Frosted Holiday Mint M&M Brownies from { lilluna.com } #brownies

Frosted Holiday Mint M&M Brownies

Candy Cane Kiss Sugar Cookies

Candy Cane Kiss Sugar Cookies

For all holiday recipes go HERE.


Pictures for the recipe were taken by my sister, Tara Martindale.

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  1. 1

    I love love love love pistachios and shortbread. This sounds DREAMY. Can’t wait to make it!! Lorin’s got great taste!
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  2. 3

    Oh these look soooo good!!! The Frosted Holiday Mint M&M Brownies as well!! Def wanna try these when I visit my grandma’s again cause she’s the one with the oven lol. thanks for sharing your recipes!!

  3. 5

    That looks so good. I’m excited to try it!!


  4. 7

    This looks delicious! So festive too! Perfect for Christmas!
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  5. 9

    Yummy!! I love pistachios. Thanks for the great recipe!!

  6. 11

    Tried to make this but I was wondering if the measurements are right for the shortbread crust. Followed exactly what it called for, but the crust did not bake together and I was left with crumbs. When I tried to smooth on the cream cheese layer, the crumbs ended up completely mixed in with this layer. I’m sure it will still be yummy, but it definitely doesn’t have a nice crust.

  7. 12

    Do you think the recipe will work if I use skim milk?

  8. 14

    make one like this with red jello

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